Living Forever

In this activity children debate whether living for 1000 years is such a good thing and consider the implications for the planet.


Aubrey de Grey, a British scientist, claims that people will eventually be able to live to 1000 years of age.  He states that scientists have already found ways to alter cells and genes to regulate the ageing process and expects that in the next 20 years extending life in this way will be a possibility.  

Children debate whether living for 1000 years is such a good thing. They consider the implications for the planet and look at the effects on food chains and webs.

A Primary upd8 task designed for CCEA (Northern Ireland) in line with the Revised Curriculum requirements for the World Around Us and Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities.

Learning Objective:

-    To consider the benefits and possible disadvantages of longer human life span

Children will learn:

-    To understand how food chains are structured

-    How changes to one organism in a food chain can affect others in the chain


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These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.